Businesses across the United States looking for cost effective, high-tech mailing solutions for commercial shipping needs should consider the postage meter products offered by Neopost.
While there are a huge number of mail management firms throughout the US, many of the products offered by competitors are traditional phone line based machines. Neopost were one of the first shipping solution firms in the country to offer an internet based device, the iMeter, that helped bring postage into the 21st century, thereby keeping up with the internet enabled smart world.
Today, Neopost’s range of postage meters opens up a whole world of opportunities with a selection of models to suit all business sizes and needs.
Top Neopost Postage Meters
|Model||Letters Per Minute||Value for Money||Our Rating|
|Neopost IN-600 Series||75/110|
|Neopost IN-700 Series||140/175|
Here's a more detailed look at some of the most popular options:
Low Volume Postage Meters
The Neopost IN-360 is small but powerful and is considered one of the highest quality postage machines for low volume needs.
For businesses that don't rely heavily upon posted letters, it's still worth investing in a postage meter. Even if just a small amount of mail is sent, the discounts offered from standard USPS shipping rates can be up to 5% per item.
The most basic iMeter model, the IS-280, is a small and simple device, although with available add-on apps, high speed internet connectivity and a PC and telephone link, this machine is advanced enough to excel at all your postage needs.
However, the newer IN-360 is more powerful and offers greater customization solutions. The IN-360 is considered to be a top of the range low volume model and is an excellent choice for mass mailings and widespread promotional materials.
Mid Volume Postage Meters
The Neopost IN-600 is more powerful than the smaller IN-360 and comes ready to process much more mail.
As low volume needs turn into mid volume needs, the Neopost range changes significantly. Whereas the low volume models focus on convenient sizing and simplicity, the mid volume models focus on added speed.
These models are larger and more complex on the surface than their smaller counterparts, but the additional dimensions are required in order for the machines to boast some truly attractive features.Upgrades on the IS-280 and IN-360 include the IN-600 series and the IN-700 series.
There is a greater range of flexibility and add-on apps available for the IN-600 and 700 series than their iMeter predecessors. Perhaps the most impressive being the E-services with Electric Return Receipt™ which allows you to track your mail with precision and confidence.
Full color digital touch screen displays make these models a breeze to use, and remote access even means that records and reports can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
Prices for a Neopost iMeter mid volume model are around $160 per month.
The IS-480 is Neopost's top of the range, mid-volume mailing system for medium to large sized businesses. Using state of the art technology, the IS-480 is designed to outshine its most ambitious competitors, with advanced functionality, enviable processing speeds and a sleek and attractive design.
The Neopost IS-480 is packed with functionality, all aimed at making mail processing faster, easier and cheaper for your business. The load 'n' Go Auto Feeder provides intelligent size recognition capabilities which eliminate manual sorting by size and allows faster batch processing.
Neopost E-Services come with inbuilt web connectivity which gives access to a variety of online services to make processing mail cheaper, more efficient and more automated.
For larger businesses with moderate mail processing requirements, the IS-480 offers the perfect all round mailing solution. With a smaller footprint than its contemporaries, it takes up less space whilst achieving more.
The Neopost IS-480 offers great value for money, starting at just $100 per month. Neopost offer three different levels of service and this covers the basic package.
High Volume Postage Meters
The Neopost IS-6000 one of the best postage meters on the market today. With a high output volume and advanced technical features, the IS-6000 can transform your business mailing process.
The high volume iMeter models are a true blend of the low volume and mid volume machines, with devices that not only get the job done in record time, but also look good whilst they're doing it. They're designed not only for businesses with huge scale mail output, but also for modern office environments where looks are key.
These high volume models, the IS-5000 and the IS-6000, are sleek, stylish, and some of the most intelligent pieces of mailing equipment available in the United States.
Businesses who regularly send physical products to clients and customers, would greatly benefit from these models. With scales capable of accurately weighing and pricing items up to 70 pounds rather than the standard 10 pounds of the smaller machines, and add-on apps that enable businesses to benefit from an even greater commercial discount off standard USPS shipping rates.
The IS-6000 is one of the most impressive postage meters on the market, with a separate display monitor and full keyboard for convenience. The cost for this top of the range model is between $285 and $464 per month depending on length of contract.Learn More: Neopost IS-6000
What Makes Neopost Stand Out?
Of course, the smart technology of the iMeters is what ranks Neopost above most other mail solution firms, but it's also the little extras that make them a worldwide leader in the postage & mailing field.
These machines aren't simply making a name for themselves due to their internet capability, they're succeeding because they offer a range of conveniences that make sending mail quick, simple, safe and, most importantly, cost effective.
As standard, all of Neopost's machines come with automatic USPS rate change downloads, low ink alerts via email, remote access capability and huge commercial discounts on standard charges.
Neopost also have excellent after sale support packages, allowing businesses to really get the most from their postage meter.
Neopost Legacy Models
The USPS Postage Mandate
Between 1995 and 2008, the U.S. Postal Service phased out mechanical postage meters in favor of machines that relied on electronically-printed indicia. Phase I retired mechanical postage meters. Phase II retired electronic meters that relied on maintenance by USPS employees. Phases II and IV retired meters that relied on letterpress printing methods instead of electronic indicia. Phase IV ended on December 31, 2008, followed by a short window in which businesses with non-compliant meters were encouraged to lease new equipment or risk losing the ability to meter postage.
This thirteen-year process was designed to do several things. The newer machines provided improved efficiency over the mechanical machines they replaced; they were also more cost-effective given their higher degree of accuracy. The program also aimed to increase security by:
- Limiting the ability to tamper with the machines
- Deterring mail theft
- Improving routing and tracking
The new meters were faster and more efficient, while delivering enhanced security, accuracy, and control over postage spending. Additionally, thanks to software controls, the newer machines often have the ability to print advertising and custom indicia while also integrating cleanly into business workflow. While businesses may have been temporarily inconvenienced by this process, the savings and added security have more than offset any headaches caused during the transition.
|Model||Letters Per Minute||Rental Price||Ink Cost Per 1000 letters|